A southeastern term that, when said at the beginning or end of a snide remark about somebody, makes that remark void of any offense.
Person A: She is the meanest old bat that ever lived. Bless their heart(or 'bless her heart').

Person B: Oh I see.
by Mattman86 August 15, 2008
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A term used after a degrading or uncomfortable sentence that usually makes it ok to say.
"Damn, that's an ugly baby. Bless it's heart."

"Haha that stupid cow fell off the cliff. Bless it's heart."
by SacKing20 November 8, 2009
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Below are the meanings of "bless your heart" from an Alabama born and raised southerner.

1. If someone has just lost a loved one, we say bless your heart to mean sympathy.

2. If a child falls down and skins their knee or someone tells you a sad story about a family member, we say bless your heart to mean we are sincerely sorry something bad happened.
3. If a southerner looks at you with a sardonic smile and says bless your heart, it usually means she thinks you're an idiot or your opinion is stupid.
4. If we look you straight in the face and say bless your heart and walk away or hang up, it generally means go screw yourself. This meaning also applies if bless your heart is used after an insult of some kind whether veiled or not.
5. Bless your heart can also be used to indicate surprise and happiness. For example, if someone tells you they won the lottery, we might say, "Bless your heart! That's fantastic!"
6. Another example is when we talk to each other about anything generally negative but not at all meant to be insulting. For example, "I know she spent all day in the kitchen and tried her very best, but bless her heart, what she served for the dinner party was just awful."

Hope this helps y'all!
Bless your heart has many meanings when used by a southerner.
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When a Southern lady says "Bless his heart" regarding someone, it means that he is as stupid as a box of rocks.
He noted for Jones? Well, bless his heart!
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The most Southern 'fuck you' there is. Can be put at the end of a phrase to nullify any cruelty.
That girl is the most fowl mouthed, idiotic, bitch there is, bless her heart.

Oh you need to actually look this up? Bless your heart.
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Phrase used by old southern ladies that want to get away with saying 'fuck you' to a stranger. It works because they also use it unironically just often enough to leave doubt in your mind.
"Oh bless your heart."

"Did that lady just tell me to go fuck myself or genuinely mean it?"
"Well, we are in Georgia..."
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1. This is a term used by the people of the southern United States particularly near the Gulf of Mexico to express to someone that they are an idiot without saying such harsh words.

2. "You are an idiot but I like you and care about you so I dont want to hurt your feelings."
Little Billy: I am 6 years old (only holds up 4 fingers)
Scarlet: Oh honey, bless your heart, but that's only 4 fingers.
Little Billy tries again: I am 6 years old (this time holds up the same 4 fingers and 4 more on the other hand)
Scarlet: Child....Bless you and your momma's heart.
by BigJason March 5, 2009
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